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Old 09-19-2013, 07:25 PM
 
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I'm just curious how accurate are they in determining if a company is good to work for. The salary surveys I found to be accurate. When I interview, I recall certain aspects of the company being mentioned by the hiring team that were also mentioned in glassdoor.
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Old 09-19-2013, 07:41 PM
 
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I've read a lot of the reviews for several companies on Glassdoor. The reviews are so contradictory that I can only imagine that they are true reviews from people of varying opinions.

However, anyone can write a review and there probably are a small handful of recruiters that abuse the system.
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Old 09-19-2013, 07:48 PM
 
Location: San Francisco Bay Area
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Just like any public forum, look for consistency and correlation of data. As an example, if there are 999/1000 reviews that rate a company 5 out of 5, and one single review (1/1000) that rates a company a 1 out of 5, the 999 are likely pretty accurate.
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Old 09-19-2013, 08:45 PM
 
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In my experience, it is normally the disgruntled person who chooses to give an online review (whether work related or not.) Relatively happy people rarely bother.

Have you provided a review on Glassdoor? I never have...
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Old 09-19-2013, 09:24 PM
 
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I find them accurate, having read reviews from others about companies I have worked for. I have never left a review. There are good and bad and basically honest reviews. What I like to do is read the bad reviews and see if that persons situation or review is something that I would expect in the course of working for the company. Not everyone can handle certain things about a job, but maybe I can. Some reviews are simply people that were clearly not cut out for the type of work, some simply said things online things I only think, but agree with, lol.
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Old 09-19-2013, 09:30 PM
 
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I believe they are, sure there will be some disgruntled ones, but I wouldn't discount them.
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Old 09-19-2013, 10:45 PM
 
Location: Corona the I.E.
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Just like any public forum, look for consistency and correlation of data. As an example, if there are 999/1000 reviews that rate a company 5 out of 5, and one single review (1/1000) that rates a company a 1 out of 5, the 999 are likely pretty accurate.
Good advice, I take the median approach, drop the extremes. After awhile you can see ballot stuffing from HR and co. mitigation teams.
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Old 09-19-2013, 11:04 PM
 
Location: Metro Detroit, Michigan
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According to glassdoor, every company is a terrible place to work for complete with top heavy, pushy management.
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Old 09-20-2013, 01:54 AM
 
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I found one company in my area where some reviewers said they were paid $20 by the company to leave a review on the site. The HR person for that company then actually replied to those reviews on the site and admitted they did that because they thought there were too many negative reviews and they wanted to balance it out. They said they did not force employees to leave positive reviews, only to be honest, but they did indeed pay $20 for each review.
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Old 09-20-2013, 07:07 AM
 
Location: Hampton Roads
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I think with every organization, though... a lot depends on the department that you are in. Some managers are more laidback than others. I feel my last organization would have been a great place to work had I started in any other department other than the one that I was in, so I felt negativity about my experience there that others may not have felt. I had management that would lie to other hiring managers for internal promotions so they could block you from leaving the department. If you were a good employee, they'd lie about you to keep you. However, other managers there tried to foster growth and development.... so I really have found experiences within an organization can vary. I would read the reviews, but wouldn't read too much into everything if I felt like my perceptions of that department was a good one. (in this sense, I knew going into it that they were a little strange, just didn't know they would be mean)
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